|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Dream Life and Real Life by Olive Schreiner:
moonlight on the walls. And yet, it did seem to me," he added, "that far
away near the krantz by the river, I saw three figures moving. And
afterwards--it might have been fancy--I thought I heard the cry again; but
since that, all has been still there."
Next day a navvy had returned to the railway works.
"Where have you been so long?" his comrades asked.
"He keeps looking over his shoulder," said one, "as though he thought he
should see something there."
"When he drank his grog today," said another, "he let it fall, and looked
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe:
The most wonderful thing of all was, that it should be possible to
meet with good company here, in a country so barbarous as this -
one of the most northerly parts of Europe. But this being the
country where the state criminals of Muscovy, as I observed before,
are all banished, the city was full of Russian noblemen, gentlemen,
soldiers, and courtiers. Here was the famous Prince Galitzin, the
old German Robostiski, and several other persons of note, and some
ladies. By means of my Scotch merchant, whom, nevertheless, I
parted with here, I made an acquaintance with several of these
gentlemen; and from these, in the long winter nights in which I
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wilde:
really had a good heart. "Shall I take him another ruby?"
"Alas! I have no ruby now," said the Prince; "my eyes are all that
I have left. They are made of rare sapphires, which were brought
out of India a thousand years ago. Pluck out one of them and take
it to him. He will sell it to the jeweller, and buy food and
firewood, and finish his play."
"Dear Prince," said the Swallow, "I cannot do that"; and he began
"Swallow, Swallow, little Swallow," said the Prince, "do as I
So the Swallow plucked out the Prince's eye, and flew away to the
|The fourth excerpt represents the element of Earth. It speaks of physical influences and the impact of the unseen on the visible world, and is drawn from Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson:
who delivers a message not fully understood, you are opening
wider the straits of prejudice and preparing mankind for some
truer and more spiritual grasp of truth; perhaps, as you
stand forth for your own judgment, you are covering a
thousand weak ones with your body; perhaps, by this
declaration alone, you have avoided the guilt of false
witness against humanity and the little ones unborn. It is
good, I believe, to be respectable, but much nobler to
respect oneself and utter the voice of God. God, if there be
any God, speaks daily in a new language by the tongues of
men; the thoughts and habits of each fresh generation and